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Disaster Risk Management in South Asia: A regional overview
  • Disaster Risk Management in South Asia: A regional overview
  • World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). December 2012
  • This report informs readers about the elements that are driving increases in disaster risk in the South Asia Region (SAR). The report first examines the regional rise in disaster events and losses, the nature of the hazards, the drivers of current and future disaster loss, and provides an overview of activities that can reduce the vulnerability of exposed assets. A more detailed profile of each of the major hazards in SAR is then provided in Annex 1. Finally, Annex 2 examines the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) profile of each country in the region. These incl...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Disasters, Drought, Economic impact, Floods, Resilience, Risk management, Urbanization, Vulnerability

Water Safety Plans - Training package. Participant workbook
  • Water Safety Plans - Training package. Participant workbook
  • International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2012
  • This workbook is designed to be used by participants attending a water safety plan (WSP) training workshop that has been organized around the materials developed by the International Water Association (IWA) and World Health Organization (WHO). The learning material included in this workbook relates explicitly to the theory sessions that will be presented and the designed exercises. It therefore cannot be used as a standalone document to train people on all WSP aspects.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs)

Water Safety Plans - Training package. Facilitator handbook
  • Water Safety Plans - Training package. Facilitator handbook
  • International Water Association (IWA), World Health Organization (WHO). December 2012
  • This handbook is one third of a water safety plan (WSP) training package. It accompanies the WSP training workbook and WSP training PowerPoint presentations. The handbook is designed to be used by professional and non-professional trainers, who should have prior knowledge and understanding of WSPs, and who are facilitating WSP training based on the 2009 WSP manual of the International Water Association (IWA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The training is targeted at all professionals involved in the management of drinking-water safety. The handbook ...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Water quality, Water safety plans (WSPs)

Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • Water, Cultural Diversity, and Global Environmental Change. Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures?
  • UNESCO Office in Jakarta, UNESCO-International Hydrological Programme (IHP). December 2012
  • This book tries to respond to a series of core questions, including among others: What are the roles that water plays in sustaining diverse forms of human sociocultural life? What roles do diverse human societies and cultures play in valuing, managing, preserving and using water and its associated ecosystems? What are the consequences of these resource relations in sustaining, or undermining the means to sustain, the viability of human communities and their environments? The traditional knowledge, stewardship and management systems, and technologies developed...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa, Asia, Global, Latin America and the Caribbean, Northern America
  • Main themes: Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Dams, Ecosystems, Environment, Gender, Groundwater, Health, Human right to water and sanitation, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Perceptions, Traditional knowledge, Urban areas, Vulnerable groups, Water cooperation, Water governance, Water management, Water scarcity

The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Executive summary
  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Executive summary
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2012
  • Executive summary of The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Investments, Irrigation

The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future
  • The State of Food and Agriculture 2012. Investing in agriculture for a better future
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). December 2012
  • This edition of The State of Food and Agriculture, "Investing in agriculture for a better future", makes the case that increasing the levels and the quality of investment in agriculture is central to achieving the hunger eradication goal. It also argues that we need to change the way we invest in agriculture. The report argues that insecure tenure for land, water and other resources can constitute a serious disincentive to invest in agriculture and that negative environmental impacts, inter alia, depletion of natural resources such as soil, water, forests and...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Food security, Investments, Irrigation

Measuring progress towards an inclusive green economy
  • Measuring progress towards an inclusive green economy
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). December 2012
  • This publication introduces a framework for the use of indicators in developing and tracking green economy policies. The objective is to provide guidance on the role of indicators in major stages of policymaking, using environmental issues as an illustrative entry point. Section 2 introduces the indicators for environmental issues and targets. Section 3 discusses indicators for environmental policy interventions. Section 4 focuses on indicators that show the impacts of policy interventions on well-being and social equity beyond the environmental realm. Exampl...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Environment, Green economy, Information and data

Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition
  • Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2012
  • In 1992, Cambodia, the People"s Republic of China, the Lao People"s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam established the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program with the aim of strengthening economic linkages between them and to foster the achievement of common policy goals. This second edition of the atlas illustrates the diversity of the subregion"s natural environment, progress made by the GMS countries over the past decades, and the need to address the increasing risks that they face. The Atlas has six parts: - Part I...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Floods, Food security, Forests, Human resources, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Rivers, Tourism, Transboundary waters, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Watersheds, Wetlands

City Resilience in Africa: A Ten Essentials Pilot
  • City Resilience in Africa: A Ten Essentials Pilot
  • United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). December 2012
  • In 2010, UNISDR launched a global resilient cities Campaign with the specific focus on improving urban cities" capacity to withstand and recover from natural disasters. By signing up to the Campaign, cities commit to take specific actions to build their resilience. These actions are guided by the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient", a 10-point checklist of factors considered fundamental for cities to improve their resilience capacity.In 2012, UNISDR Regional office for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya commenced a pilot project to "operationalise" the Campaig...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Africa
  • Main themes: Disaster prevention, Resilience, Risk management, Urban areas, Vulnerability

Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries. A Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience
  • Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries. A Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience
  • World Bank. December 2012
  • This report assesses the potential effects of climate change on the Arab region and outlines possible approaches and measures to prepare for its consequences. It offers ideas and suggestions for Arab policy makers as to what mitigating actions may be needed in rural and urban settings to safeguard key areas such as health, water, agriculture, and tourism. The report also analyzes the differing impacts of climate change, with special attention paid to gender, as a means of tailoring strategies to address specific vulnerabilities. Climate change may also affect...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Arab countries
  • Main themes: Adaptation, Agriculture, Arid zones, Biodiversity, Climate change, Drought, Drylands, Ecosystem services, Food security, Gender, Health, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Resilience, Risk management, Rural areas, Tourism, Urban areas, Vulnerability, Water demand, Water management, Water scarcity

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